Most new students attending Mt. SAC are required to participate in an assessment to determine basic skills. The placement tests used for assessment should be taken after the student applies, but before orientation and registration.

Placement tests are required for appropriate course placement. Students take placement exams for math, English and reading courses. Advanced level math placement exams should be taken when applicable to the student’s academic background and intended program of study.

To Make a Placement Test Appointment:

  • Determine the test required for the courses in which you plan to enroll
  • Make an appointment by calling the Assessment Center at 909-274-4265, or visit the Assessment Center in the Student Services Center (9B)
  • Arrive at the designated testing room 10-15 minutes early on the day of the test

Note: A photo I.D. is required to take all tests and to receive all test results.

Exemptions from Assessment

Students are exempt from assessment if they:

  • Enroll in non-credit or community services classes only
  • Select and enroll in a general interest class which does not have prerequisites
  • Verify English or math eligibility based on course work at Mt. SAC or other regionally accredited institutions
  • Verify other test scores accepted by Mt. SAC
  • Possess an Associate or higher degree from an accredited institution


Students should plan to meet with a counselor prior to their first semester at Mt. SAC in order to create an Educational Plan. The Educational Plan lists the courses needed to complete a specific major, as well as identifying graduation and/or transfer requirements in general education.

In addition, counselors are available to help you if you:

  • Are undecided about your major or career goal
  • Want help planning your educational and/or career goal
  • Need assistance in choosing a university or college for transfer
  • Have personal problems that impact your college success

To schedule appointments, call 909-274-4380.